DEEP: CVA Grant Program Information

CVA Grant Program Information

to Protect Waters of Long Island Sound

For pumpouts and dump stations at boating facilities (not for individual boats)


Participating in the Federal Clean Vessel Act (CVA) grant program is a great way to upgrade your marina's boat waste handling facilities and provide your customers with quick and convenient waste handling. A Harbormaster or Harbor Management Commission can develop a presence on the water by operating a CVA funded pumpout boat program. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Boating Division administers the CVA Grant Program in Connecticut. This program provides federally funded matching grants for qualifying projects which provide boat sewage disposal facilities. Up to 75% of the cost of an approved project may be reimbursed.

Purpose of the Program

The purpose of the program is to increase the availability of proper waste handling facilities for boaters (known as Marine Sewage Disposal Facilities or MSDFs). Increased use of MSDFs will reduce the discharge of poorly treated or untreated sanitary wastes into the waters of Long Island Sound and its harbors thereby helping to improve water quality. For any questions you may have regarding this program please contact Kate Hughes Brown of CT DEEPís Boating Division at (860) 447-4340.

Who May Apply

Any owner/operator of a public or private marine facility desiring to install a new MSDF, with an existing MSDF in need of substantial repairs or upgrade, or desiring to obtain funding to operate and maintain a new or existing MSDF may apply. Additionally, municipal entities and non-profit entities that are interested in operating a pumpout boat may apply. Grantees must agree to make the funded MSDF available to the general public at a cost per pumpout of $5.00 or less. Free pumpouts are encouraged.

Should response to this program be larger than anticipated and funding becomes limited, facilities within targeted harbors may receive a higher level of priority over other areas. All selected grant recipients will be required to enter into a contractual grant agreement with the Department.

The fact that a marina facility is not currently in compliance with the state's regulatory programs does not preclude the submission of an application for the funding of your MSDF project. However, boating facilities applying for a grant must bring their facilities into compliance with these regulatory programs in order to receive funding.

Eligible Projects

Funding is currently available for specific marine pumpout boat service areas. DEEP is accepting proposals to operate pumpout vessel services in the following priority areas during the 2015 boating season: Southport Harbor and Ash Creek, Fairfield; Clinton Harbor, Clinton; Lower Thames River (Groton, new London); Mystic River and Noank (Groton Long Point, Noank, Groton and Stonington); East and West Harbors, Fisher's Island, NY. A solicitation for new and continued projects is issued each year. It is anticipated that funding will be available for projects through December 31, 2015.

Grants are available for installation, operation and maintenance (O&M) of MSDFs.  Central vacuum pumpout systems which are incorporated within the dock system are MSDFs and are eligible for funding.  These systems will be a secondary priority for funding following funding of new  or replacement pumpouts and O&M of existing facilities.  We are also encouraging the development of pumpout boat programs in harbors across the state.

For facilities who have already installed a Marine Sewage Disposal Facility (MSDF), funding for operation and maintenance (O&M) projects for the 2015 boating season is also now available.  Grants will be made for reimbursement of up to 75% of the project cost of O&M of existing MSDFs for the 2015 boating season. The operator of any existing MSDF is eligible for O&M funding provided the pumpout or dump station is publicly available for a reasonable daily/weekly/seasonal period, at a cost of not more than $5.00 per disposal episode (preferably free).  Central vacuum pumpout systems which are incorporated within the dock system are MSDFs and are eligible for funding.  These systems will be considered as a secondary priority for funding. 

How to Apply

Download the current Grant Application Form (PDF or fillable Word document) and Instructions (PDF).  Grant application materials can also be requested by calling Kate Hughes Brown at (860) 447-4340. A grant application form and budget(s) must be completed to apply for funding. Please read and follow the instructions attached to the forms completely.

Your application submission must include the following:

  • a completed application form
  • a completed construction budget form (if applying for construction, upgrade, or purchase funding)
  • a completed operations and maintenance budget form (if applying for O & M funding)

If you are not currently a vendor registered with the State Of Connecticut Comptroller's office you should also include a completed Agency Vendor Form. This form may be downloaded at:  You may download the W9 form and instructions at:

Materials must be submitted to:

Kate Hughes Brown
State of Connecticut
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Boating Division
P.O. Box 280, 333 Ferry Road
Old Lyme, CT 06371-0280

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Content Last Updated on January 16, 2015.